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Tips For Cleaning a Dirty Carpet at Home

“Its easier to put on slippers than to carpet the whole world.”

Yes, managing a carpet can at times become real tedious. All the more carpets contribute a great deal to the general aura of a room, just as the paintings on the wall. Hence selecting and at the same time maintaining the carpet is quintessential for good housekeeping. Rest assured, because here, you’ll get to see some of the smartest tricks and tips to clean your carpets.But when I say tricks, it means there is an ample scope within our kitchen walls that can help clear out those carpet stains. This in turn can save you the trouble of going after expensive carpet cleaners.

Here is a list of few home-made carpet cleaners:

1. Cleaning carpet with baking soda:

Baking soda (aka Sodium Bicarbonate), is known for its cleansing property since time immemorial. It has an alkaline property that makes it an excellent antiseptic and is also good at sopping up moldy odors.

Cleaning Carpet With Baking Soda
Step 1: Make a solution by mixing baking soda with water in 1:4 ratio.
Step 2: Fill this solution in a spraying bottle, and spray it over the area that needs cleaning /over the entire carpet.
See to it that you spray higher concentrations of this solution in areas that are more stained.
Step 3: Let it dry for about 15-30 minutes.
Step 4: After it dries up, vacuum the carpet.

2. Vinegar to the rescue!!

Vinegar is yet another eco-friendly cleanser that is found to show mild antimicrobial properties. The anti-germicidal property of vinegar is attributed to the presence of less than 10% acetic acid.

Vinegar is found in different types:

  • ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • Rice vinegar
  • Malt vinegar
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Sugarcane vinegar
  • White/red wine vinegar

For the below instruction, you can use any one of the above vinegar types available in the market.

Step 1: Mix some amount of vinegar with hydrogen peroxide (2:1 ratio). Keep it aside for some time to ensure they get mixed well.
Step 2 : Dilute this solution with a reasonable amount of water.
Step 3: Sprinkle this over the carpet intended to be cleaned and let it remain overnight. This is an excellent method to clean the messy stains, and other musty smells.
Step 4: Once the carpet dries out, drizzle water on it, and you can vacuum it.
Alternatively, you can also clean using a carpet shampoo instead of plain water in case the stains are severe.

3. Go Salty with Salt:

Common salt (Sodium Chloride) is nature’s free, non-toxic disinfectant. It has excellent germicidal properties, and can also remove the foul smell in carpets.
For the below instructions, you can also use Epsom salt / Rock salt.

Step 1: Take some saline water and you can add few drops of lime juice to give it a dash of citric fragrance.
Step 2: You can use this solution to wet the carpet.
Step 3: keep it aside for about 1-2 hours, giving enough time for the salt to soak up all the stale smell.
You can also let it dry in mild sunlight.
Step 4: As the last step, you can wash it off using plain water / a mild carpet shampoo depending on the extent of dirt in the carpet.

4. Use Lemons:

Lemons have 2 major characteristics that are accountable for its impeccable cleansing property.

a. It is acidic in nature due to high levels of citric acid
b. It has a mild citric aroma that is a great soother and at the same time keeps all the musty smells at bay.

Step 1: Prepare lime solution by mixing concentrated lemon juice with water.
To be more proper, a quarter cup of lemon juice can be diluted with 5 cups of water.
Step 2: Spray it across the carpet, and let it dry.
Step 3: Dry vacuum.

Other lead-in tricks for cleaning carpet at home:

1. For removing gooey debris sticking to the carpet surface, you can place ice cubes over it to harden the sticky particles.
Once it starts to harden, apply some salt and remove the debris using a brush with hard bristles.
2. If the stain is way too much, then apply some powder on it and at the same time wet it with water. Leave it overnight and the next day vacuum the carpet.
3. Regular vacuuming once in at least 6 months is a must in heavy traffic zones. The frequency can be reduced in light traffic areas.
4. An exposure to mild sunlight once in every 4 months is a good way to keep carpets microbe-free.The UV rays from the sun is a good germ killer.
At the same time, ensure that you don’t expose it to extremely harsh sun rays as it could tamper the carpet dye and material.

As you can see for yourself, home-made carpet cleaners are an excellent substitute for expensive carpet cleaners in the market. And what more, they are home-made making them chemical free and can take the risk of cleaning the real dirty carpets out there!!

Things To Keep In Mind When Vacuuming A New Carpet

Nothing accentuates the look of your interiors like a plush carpet. Most people spend a considerable amount of time and energy in picking that perfect piece for their homes. But with that perfect carpet comes the taxing job of cleaning and maintenance, which becomes even more pronounced if you have children or pets in the house.

Basics of Vacuuming a New Carpet

The first tip on maintaining your new carpet is to adopt a regular clean-up regime. Just because your carpet is still new and vibrant does not mean that it’s not gathering grime and dust. Similarly, putting preventive measures such as a shoes-off rule in place is no way to guarantee its cleanliness. Your carpet may still be gathering dust from the atmosphere; and then there is the risk of spills and stains.

  • It is important to vacuum a carpet at least once a week, even if it’s just a couple of days old. For better results, set aside at least a day in a month for more intensive cleaning.
  • One vacuum stroke is never enough to pull out all the dirt and dust hidden in the carpet fiber, no matter how powerful the machine is. Make sure you move your vacuum cleaner hose back and forth repeatedly to get rid of every possible dirt particle.
  • Put an extra effort on visible dirt spots and stains until you can no longer see them with the naked eye.
  • Every once in a while, use a deodorizing agent on the carpet before you begin vacuuming.

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Choosing the Right Vacuum

The texture and sturdiness of each carpet varies from the other. Therefore, one-size-fits-all theory doesn’t work quite well as far as vacuums and carpets are concerned. It is pertinent to use the right vacuum and its attachments on your carpet to make sure it doesn’t do more harm than good. For Wool-blend and Soft Carpets, A vacuum with very powerful suction can be harmful. When cleaning such premium carpets, it is best to keep the vacuum slightly perched above the surface and use one with big wheels. Similarly in case of Thick Loop Carpets, steer clear on using the more powerful beater bars on these. It is best to clean them using suction alone. You can employ both beater bars and rotating brushes, besides using suction, for the more strong and durable carpets. Similarly, if you plan to clean a hardwood floor, you would not want to use a vacuum designed primarily for carpets.

Maintaining Your Vacuum

People tend to attach little importance to regular maintenance of a vacuum cleaner. However, you run the risk of causing permanent damage to your carpet surface with an ill-maintained vacuum. It is important to refer to the instruction manual of the vacuum and clean attachments and hoses accordingly.

  • Keep the vacuum hoses obstruction-free for optimum results
  • Replace worn out brushes. With time and wearing off, bristles tend to become hard and can damage the carpet texture.
  • Replace or clean vacuum bags regularly
  • Have any rough edges on the vacuum hose repaired as these can easily rip the carpet.

The key to maintaining a carpet’s rich textures and enhancing its longevity lies in regular and thorough cleaning. Going back to the basics and learning some effective vacuuming tricks go a long way in keep your carpet good as new.

Sources:

http://www.carpet-rug.org/residential-customers/cleaning-and-maintenance/basic-cleaning/vacuuming.cfm

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/carpet-cleaning-tips.htm